Conan by Big John

When I grow up, I wanna be able to draw like this.

It ain’t gonna happen!

Art by John Buscema, from Savage Sword of Conan #222 (1994)—image via Heritage.

Savage Sword 222 splash

Also: why did Marvel revive the name Savage Sword of Conan a while back, but failed to make it a cool B&W magazine, instead putting out a standard pamphlet identical to their other Conan title?! Admittedly, I have absolutely no interest in seeing any Hipster Deviantartists producing phoney gray-toned “artwork” on a computer, but one lives in the hope that Real Comics™ might someday return, in all their organic, analogue splendour (look, real lettering too!!)…… and, if anyone feels irked by my take on this—please study the above artwork for a while, then show me where new stuff of this quality is being published today.

I won’t hold my breath.

3 thoughts on “Conan by Big John”

  1. It’s a beautiful piece of artwork (especially when viewed up close) and I am extremely jealous of whichever lucky soul it was who picked it up from Heritage.

  2. Great work by Kane and great observation on the tangent thing. The Buscema Conan is superb.
    Lovely brush strokes and a wonderfully sullen expression.
    Frazetta meets Kubert.

  3. Savage Sword of Conan is one of my favourites. The larger size and lack of colour really gave the artists a chance to stand out. Pity the printing wasn’t always up to it. Which reminds me of an issue of the last series of Jonah Hex where the colouring / printing was so bad, you couldn’t see any of the artwork

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